Kolkata based actor, anchor and comedian Mir Afsar Ali, popularly known as only Mir, has said that although his jokes had offended CM Mamata Banerjee, he was forgiven because he is from the minority community. He made this comment at India Today Conclave East 2019 in Kolkata today.
Mir was talking about that incident a couple of years ago when he was widely slammed for referring to some female actors in the Bengali film industry in Kolkata as “Jhinku Mamoni”, which mean flashy women. In 2014, Kolkata Knight Riders had won the IPL tournament, final of which was played in Bengaluru. To felicitate the Kolkata’s home team owned by Shahrukh Khan, a grand ceremony was organised by the Mamata Banerjee government at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Apart from CM and other ministers of the WB government, several personalities from the Bengal film industry were present at the venue, apart from Bollywood personalities.
But the event had turned out to be a huge disaster as a stamped like situation took place due to a large number of people wanting to witness the function. There was chaos in the event, as people alleged that they were not allowed entry despite the entry being free. The KKR fans had tried to forcefully enter the stadium by breaking through barriers, forcing the cops to use lathi-charge to control the crowd.
Reacting to these events, Mir had called the Tollywood personalities present in the celebrations as Jhinku Mamoni in a Facebook post. Bengali actresses Mimi Chakraborty, Nusrat Jahan, Sayantika Banerjee, Srabanti etc were present in the event, and the West Bengal film industry didn’t like this and the fans had slammed Mir. As some of those actresses were TMC members, including Mimi and Nusrat who are MPs from the party in the current Lok Sabha, apparently CM Mamata Banerjee was also offended by the comments of Mir.
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But today he said that he was told by a person he met in a flight that the CM would like to make peace with him because he is from the minority community. He said in the India Today Conclave that “a certain political party wouldn’t want to go against the minority community”. Mir was told that he does not have to do much to be in the good books of Mamata Banerjee as he is from minority community.
“I was identified not as an Indian but as a minority. We fall prey to following stereotypes,” Mir added commenting how Political parties use minorities for political benefits.